Cambridge, MA – A recently released study by the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) found that fewer injured workers in 27 states received opioids as compared with previous years. However, they continued to be treated for pain, as non-opioid pain medications (e.g., NSAIDs) increased to a lesser degree and non-pharmacologic treatments (e.g., physical therapy) without pain medication were more frequently provided.
WCRI has recently announced that its Dr. Vennela Thumula will host a one-hour webinar on Thursday, September 12, at 2 p.m. ET to discusses the findings from the study, Interstate Variations in Dispensing of Opioids, 5th Edition, and takes audience questions.
The study examines interstate variations and trends in the prescribing patterns of opioids, pain medications, and other pain treatments to injured workers in 27 states, covering data from October 2011 through March 2018. The 27 states are Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and Wisconsin.
- What was the recent trend in the dispensing of opioids in the 27 study states?
- How did opioid dispensing compare across states?
- What policy tools are available that might help reduce unnecessary opioid use?
- How did non-opioid pain treatments change over the same time?
- In which states were injured workers frequently receiving opioids on a chronic basis, at higher doses, and together with other sedating drugs?
“Opioid overdose deaths continue to be a top public health priority in the United States. This priority is shared by the workers’ compensation community, as injured workers are commonly prescribed opioids,” said John Ruser, president and CEO of WCRI. “This report informs policymakers and other stakeholders about changes in the way that injured workers are being treated for pain in workers’ compensation systems, and provides information to monitor the impacts of ongoing policy changes.”
Webinars are $50 for Non-Members and FREE for WCRI Members, members of the press, legislators as well as their staff, and state public officials who make policy decisions regarding workers’ compensation. Attendance is limited to 500 people, and all attendees receive a free copy of the slides.
Register here: WCRI Webinar: Trends in Opioid Dispensing to Injured Workers